Originally Posted by Notti
Thank you all for feedback. I just learned Olympic soccer is not worth watching. See how little I know about soccer. Come to think of it, I don't think I even watched soccer during Olympics. Where does the UEFA Champions League that just ended stand in terms of the quality of play? It looked pretty good to me.
2012 UEFA; World Cup qualifying
2013 (nothing here?)
2014 World Cup
2015 Copa America
hernanu, Brazilian and Argentine leagues are some of the leagues you enjoy the most?
Hey, sorry I lost track of this thread. The quality hierarchy is good, there is also the Copa Libertadores in South America, which is the same thing as the UEFA Cup, a club championship for S.A.
If you watch the Champions League, you are watching a lot of South American and African players. The draw for the best players to go to Europe is money, and the European leagues until lately have had the most. Brazil is now beginning to keep some of its best players and is luring some back, since the money there has gone up.
The bulk of the players in the South American leagues are talented, hungry and have great competition. Many of the world's best players were developed and groomed there, so yes - the Brazilian, Argentinian, Uruguayan, Chilean, Colombian, etc. leagues are high in skill and good games. The players there will most likely wind up in Europe at some point, but they are very good now. So yes, I watch all the time and enjoy the sometimes fuzzy show.
I think the Olympic soccer is well worth watching. The players there are 23 and under, with a few over 23 players thrown in. A different dynamic, but what is essentially the Brazil Olympic team just beat a very good US World Cup team 4-1, so the talent is not small there.
To avoid a slagfest, I am a SERIOUS US soccer fan, but just as I enjoyed our win 5-1 over Scotland, I can give props to a very strong, good young Brazil team. It also features one player who I think will inherit Messi's status as the best in the world in due time (IMHO).